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World boxing champ's passion for
sports shown off in visit
WORLD middleweight champion Les Sherrington owes plenty
The Townsville-raised Australian boxer visited
Rockhampton on Tuesday to give back to the sport that's
given him so much.
The hard-working Sherrington has a record of 40-33-7 (19
KOs) and is the current World Boxing Foundation
middleweight champion, International Boxing Federation
Pan-Pacific champion and World Boxing Council Asia
Based on the Gold Coast where he lives with wife Ashlee
and 18-month-old daughter Scarlett, Sherrington issued a
warning to anyone considering boxing - you'll get
"Boxing has changed a lot of guys' lives," Sherrington
said while visiting SMW - his major sponsor and the
workplace of talented Rockhampton boxer Ben Bowes.
"It just gets you in the gym and you're surrounded by
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Boxer Alex Leapai goes from jail to a
shot at the heavyweight championship
ON APRIL 22, 2006, when Wladimir Klitschko first
claimed the world heavyweight boxing championship, Alex
Leapai was sitting in a one-man cell in a
maximum-security prison north of Brisbane.
Klitschko had recovered
from two devastating knockouts earlier in his career to
finally climb to the top of the boxing world.
Leapai, who liked to drink and smoke marijuana, had been
handed a six-month sentence for bashing a couple of
bouncers outside a nightclub.
Since then Klitschko has made more successful defences
of the championship (15) than any man outside of legends
Joe Louis (25) and Larry Holmes (20), got engaged to a
Hollywood actress and earnt close to $30 million.
Leapai has joined a church choir, raised a family of six
children, driven a delivery van to pay the bills and
fought in enough pubs, clubs, RSLs and taverns to make a
name for himself on the world stage.
On April 26 this year, the Ukrainian superstar and the
Samoan-born Queenslander will meet in Germany to fight
for one of the most storeyed titles in all of sport.
Leapai, who has lived in Australia since he was 12, will
be the first Aussie to fight for the undisputed
heavyweight belt since former Canadian champ Tommy Burns
fought a couple of locals on a trip Down Under in 1908.
Boxer Alex Leapai goes from jail to a shot at the
heavyweight championship | News.com.au
Boxing: Mundine eyes Mayweather after
Former Australian rugby league star turned boxer Anthony
Mundine is eyeing a bout with Floyd Mayweather as the
ultimate prize after beating superstar "Sugar" Shane
Mundine emerged the winner at Sydney's Allphones Arena
on Wednesday evening against the veteran American
fighter when Mosley retired after the sixth round with
severe back spasms.
It was the biggest scalp of Mundine's career, earning
him the vacant WBA International super welterweight
title on a technical knockout, and the peerless
Mayweather, with an unbeaten 45-0 record, is now in his
While the win should improve his chances of a crack at
Mayweather, Mundine said he was prepared to face the
likes of former champions and Mayweather victims, Miguel
Cotto and Saul Alvarez, on his way to the lucrative
fight he is after.
"I just want the best, I don't care," Mundine, 38, told
Australian Associated Press.
"Obviously I want Floyd, he's the best of the best. But
that's not going to happen next.
"You've got to do your time and beat the right fighters.
There's Cotto out there, there's Alvarez. They are the
type of calibre of fighters I want to fight."
Mayweather beat Mexico's Alvarez in September to claim
the unified super welterweight championship in Las Veges
in what was the richest fight in boxing history with
nearly US$150 million in pay-per-view revenues.
An honest Mosley, who has won five world titles in three
weight classes and announced his retirement after losing
to Alverez last year only to change his mind, admitted
Mundine was ahead when he decided to call it quits.
Mundine paid tribute to his opponent as one of the
"My heart goes out to Shane, I know he's a winner," said
the Australian of the 42-year-old, whose future is now
"He's not one to pull out for nothing. He's one of the
greatest fighters to have ever lived."
Copyright AFP, 2013.
"Congratulations" Blake Caparello will
be a Light Heavyweight World Champion
As YVB has predicted Blake is still heading up to the
elite area of world champions.
Blake happens to be the cousin of my best friend at 17
y/o Noel Rowlands, his brother Max Rowlands in our West
and North Melbourne gallivanting days. He is a nice boy
and deserves all he gets as long as he keeps his mind on
the right track.
Blake's family are his best fans and support him all the